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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Summer solstice
25/52 for my 52 week project

Our daughter came for a flying visit, so yesterday we had a lovely walk along the beach. The sun shone and though it was a bit windy, we had a great time catching up on what we've been doing. Phone and text and Facebook go a long way towards keeping in touch, but they can't compete with a proper conversation.

We just went to our nearest beach and I took a quick snap with the new phone. My peeve with phones is that in bright sunshine, it's difficult to see what on earth you are photographing, but this shot came out ok and I only had to straighten it a little bit in PhotoShop.

View from the end of Fairbourne spit

The main reason for daughter's visit was that she had organised a reunion for people in her year group at secondary school. Believe it or not, it is now 20 years since she finished her A-levels and left school. OMG! How did that happen? 20 years! That's a long time.

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: June 22nd, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
So true about cell phone cameras in strong light!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2014 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always insisted on buying cameras that have a proper viewfinder. Even my little point-and-shoot has one, but of course phones don't. However, I've become better at guessing what's in the frame and of course I can always crop and straighten a little in PhotoShop afterwards.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: June 22nd, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful bit of time together was had. I am so happy for you! You must be so proud of her. My niece has been here visiting, she had lived with me before that for almost a few years. It is so good to see her!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Wales may be a tiny country, but it still takes 3½ hours to drive from here to Cardiff where my daughter lives, so it's not really practical to go there and back in a day. Also she's a university lecturer, has an eight-year-old daughter and hence not much free time. Our visits are often fleeting, but it's always good to see her and catch up.
From: cmcmck Date: June 23rd, 2014 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a nice day for that sort of thing! :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It was glorious. I'm really enjoying this nice spell of weather. I refuse to moan about the heat because -- whee! -- we're having a proper summer at last! :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 23rd, 2014 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a great shot for a camera phone! I'll really have to learn more about iphone photography - I just don't seem to be getting the best out of mine...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. My new camera (er, I meant phone) is a Samsung Galaxy 4S, but I've seen some lovely shots taken with iPhone too.

Camera phones usually do OK for landscapes in good light and actually seem to do remarkably well indoors too. You don't really have any control over depth of field, though I think there are apps that can fake that.

At the moment, my biggest problem is getting used to what seems like an interminable delay on pressing the "shutter". I've been spoiled by my Canon cameras. Both the DSLR and the PowerShot respond instantly when you press the shutter.

Edited at 2014-06-24 08:08 am (UTC)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: June 23rd, 2014 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely picture, Helen. I'm taking delivery of a Blackberry tomorrow & looking forward to the camera!

How lovely for you & your daughter. So pleased the weather is behaving! :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I hope you enjoy your new phone/camera. This phone is going to make my little Olympus point-and-shoot camera redundant. Obviously it can't compete with my Canon cameras. The DSLR beats it in terms of quality and the PowerShot has a 12x optical zoom and takes brilliant close ups too. But I don't want to lug a big camera around all the time, so for grabbing an unexpected shot, the phone is really useful.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: June 24th, 2014 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
As I'm something of an amateur, the easier the better!
And as soon as the phone arrives & I've registered it, I'm off to see my tech-savvy BF for a tutorial!
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